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Chaka Khan Cancels July Tour Appearances
Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded will be replacing artist Chaka Khan at the Stanislaus County Fair; in a performance scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, July 13. Photo Contributed

Fair officials have been notified that Chaka Khan has cancelled her show at the Stanislaus County Fair which was set for tonight, Wednesday, July 13. It was announced on Feb. 4 that she was set to perform.

Representatives for Chaka Khan announced that she has entered an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program which will cause her to postpone all dates scheduled for the month of July. Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way.

“We are extremely disappointed Chaka Khan cancelled because we knew how much the community was looking forward to it, yet at the same time we wish her the best in her health and full recovery,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “We are very excited to announce that Jody Watley and Shalamar will be replacing her. They will bring a high energy performance that our guests will love.”

Jody Watley is one of music’s prominent visionaries and style icons brings a newly reloaded Shalamar with new members Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer/dancer and vocalist Rosero McCoy to the stage. She’s combining Shalamar songs as part of her new set-list inspired by her retro-futuristic new album Paradise, fusing the group’s patented sound (rich harmonies, soulful melodies, and funky moves) with her own iconic hits, making their shows more of an experience than a concert.

The 2016 Fair will feature a spectacular children’s area presented by Sky Trek Aviation. Also planned for 2016 are free celebrity concerts included with Fair admission, a total of three stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals.